jandd1983 (3869) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampler at Castelli’s. It was a black pour with a nice sized tan head. The aroma was chocolate, coffee and ash. The flavor is very ashy, oats, and a little bit of dark fruit. It finishes with very good carbonation and would do it all over again.
monkeychugg55 (1031) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a large, creamy tan head. Splotchy lacing. The aroma is roasted malts, dark fruits, coca, and noble hops. Sweet roasty flavor with chocolate and apple like sweetness. Some roasted malt and hop bitterness kicks in on the finish. Thick creamy body with slightly fizzy carbonation. Mild alcohol warming and lingering roastiness. Very nice Belgian imperial stout. Smooth, creamy, complex.
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Pours an opaque black color with a beautiful pillow of mocha colored head. Interesting aroma is heavy on roasted malts, dried tobacco and cigar smoke. Rich flavor profile includes dry dark malts, earthy and woody notes, light tar, some fruity yeast notes and toffee/molasses. Lingering light sourness and smooth roast character. The flavor profile that reminded me more of an Export Stout with the interesting sourness of an English Porter. Decently balanced, with a velvety mouthfeel. Unique and pretty drinkable.
Atom (2170) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours dark brown/black with huge overflowing brown head. Aroma is brown sugar, chocolate, roasted malts, and dark fruits. Taste is similar to aroma with a slight smokiness and a bitter coffee tobacco finish.
mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black and inky with finely beaded tan lace. Intense aroma of coffee, liquorice and burnt raisons. Beautifully rich, not thick or syrupy. Flavors of coffee and dark fruits follow through to the finish. Almost acrid, but not in a bad way. Maybe a double robust porter?
hayduke (4948) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2011 This gem was courtesy of Strykzone. It poured very black with a big foamy dark tan head and lots of heavy lacing. The nose is of dark ripe fruit. Very full body, with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is of dark chocolate at first, but as you continue you get smoky malts, leading to a complex finish with lingering flavors of coffee, ripe fruit, and some alchohol finally showing at the very end. Simply what imperial stouts are supposed to do. I loved this.
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Passable Imperial. Lots of well balanced malts to go toe to toe with equally generous hops. Was a bit hot with the alcohol though.
wlajwl (5841) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 25, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rather different from a lot of imperial stouts, but in a good way. The Belgian yeast and German hops add nice touches but don’t overpower the beer, which is very vinous and complex. An excellent imperial stout.
ddemmingjr (797) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Blanc Burger. Pours a deep,dark chocolate with a cinnamon frothy head. Milk, vanilla, chipotlle, cedar on the nose, rich mouthfeel, alcohol is present but subdued,milky, spicy characteristics, roasted malts, dry hopped hops add to this interesting brew. It works and is worth sampling.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A- Body is a deep, thick, viscous, opaque-dark brown nearly black color. Pours with a big cream colored head-eventually fades to 1/2 finger and leaves lots of lacing behind in the glass- a very good looking beer.
S- The belgian stout has a strange nose- milk, spicy belgian yeast, dark chocolate, a hint of funk, and a hint of roasted malt.
T- Taste is very similar to the nose-only comes off more as a roasted milk stout. There is an underlying hint of Belgian yeast-but the milkiness, roasted malt, and coacoa take precidence.
M- Medium to high carbonation-a nice, smooth velvety mouthfeel, smooth and creamy.
D- Actually overall I find this beer to be quite odd. I love belgians and I love stouts-but belgian stouts-and for that matter-sour porters/stouts or weirder to my palate than the American Black Ale. Its fairly enjoyable and yes very drinkable-but weird-the fact that this is funky and not sour is certainly a benefit.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-02-2011 03:55:38